Hipcamp host Mackenzie O.
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***Please read through all of the provided information, including our “Rules and Safety” and “Pricing” pages.***

Cannonball Camp, one of the most highly sought after lakeside destinations through this north coast region, is a quiet, private campsite right on the Holland Reservoir, with easy access to trails. Enjoy the sunrise and sunset in an isolated location w


***Please read through all of the provided information, including our “Rules and Safety” and “Pricing” pages.***

Cannonball Camp, one of the most highly sought after lakeside destinations through this north coast region, is a quiet, private campsite right on the Holland Reservoir, with easy access to trails. Enjoy the sunrise and sunset in an isolated location with some of the best stargazing on the property.  There is flat ground to pitch your tent on, a picnic table to enjoy meals at, a fire pit, a charcoal grill, and gorgeous views all around. The proximity to the water is what people like the most about this site – you can step out of your tent in the morning and jump right in! 

There is no car access to Cannonball Camp. To get to this site you will park your car at the parking area, and hike about a half mile (it takes about 10 minutes) using the footpath around the Reservoir.  Prepare to hike camping gear up to the campsite without hand carts as there are steps and a hilly terrain to traverse. Since you will be carrying your gear to the site, we recommend that you pack lightly.

Currently reservation requests for this campsite are set for up to 5 campers. When booking the site for more than 5 guests please edit your request to reflect accurate headcount information in advance of your arrival. Additional campers are $30 per adult nightly.

***A NOTE ABOUT FIRES: Some campsites at Mendocino Magic have a firepit, but occasionally during the summer months the state bans fires for campers. We will keep you posted about the status of fires on the property when you book your reservation. Since we would hate to take campfires out of the camping experience, we have started the #onefire campaign to keep campers happy with a fire at our communal cooking area at the lanai, where on Friday and Saturday nights there will be a fire for all to enjoy. During a fire ban, please do not start a fire up at any camp's fire ring - guests who do so will be asked to leave without a refund.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
1 site
Up to 8 guests per site
Moderate walk
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Picnic table available
No potable water
No showers
No wifi
Pack it out
Have a question? Send Mackenzie a message!
  • Check in: After 12PM
  • Check out: Before 7PM
  • Cancellation policy: Super Strict
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 2
  • Accepts bookings: 9 months out
  • Response time: Within 12 hours
  • Response rate: 100%


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Cannonball Camp in California.

Swimming hole

The vibe at Cannonball Camp

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Hipcamper kristin
Kristin A.
didn't provide a recommendation.
August 2nd, 2015

Perfection. Water so clear you can see the fish, prime site and great trails nearby. About an hour from Fort Bragg if you get hungry for a big meal. Absolutely recommend, highly!

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Hipcamper Kyle
Kyle W.
didn't provide a recommendation.
August 21st, 2015

This place is amazing. We're used to being on top of each other at state parks - here you get your own private lake, out in the middle of nowhere. The host is incredibly gracious and accommodating. She showed us all the stuff we could use and let us borrow her metal boat and a bunch of kayaks. We were happily surprised to find a shower, though we didn't end up using it.

It's more than I’ve ever paid for a campsite, but once we got there, I realized it was worth it.

Hipcamper kristin
Kristin A.
didn't provide a recommendation.
August 21st, 2015

It was beautiful. Having the lake to swim and float in and the little boat dock to yourself is just a different experience. So peaceful. I’ve told all my friends to go. Mackenzie, the owner, was super nice and helpful. She sent directions before, texted me, it all was very smooth and easy.

Hipcamper Carlyn
Carlyn A.
didn't provide a recommendation.
September 3rd, 2015

Awesome campsite! Very secluded and private, with lots of things to do. The owner let us borrow kayaks and floaties for the lake, and invited us to bbq on the lanai.

Hipcamper Cody
Cody C.
didn't provide a recommendation.
September 3rd, 2015

we had the best time at cannonball camp! the setting was gorgeous and very private, and the property owners were so welcoming and helpful

Hipcamper Alex
Alex J.
recommends this listing.
June 2nd, 2016

Cannonball camp is amazing, the campsite sits right on the water with access to an awesome dock perfect for cannonballs. The site had tons of space for our group and at night the stars were an incredible site. We will definitely be returning here for future camping trips with our group.

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Hipcamper Anh
Anh T.
recommends this listing.
June 29th, 2016

Great place to get away and camp alongside a reservoir. The campsite has a shade structure which was very much appreciated as it can get very sunny and hot. Next time we go, we would bring along our dinning tent that is screened in so that we can enjoy our meals without being the main course ourselves for mosquitoes.

The site can accommodate 3 medium sized tents with plenty of elbow room for all and the fire pit was quintessential for any camping experience so we were glad there was no fire ban in effect.

The reservoir felt like our private lake with just the occasional visitor coming to kayak and swim but our privacy was never encroached upon. Great kayaking and swimming to be had if you enjoy being in the water. There is a small floating "island" where you can sunbathe and watch the fish ~ they may take a nibble when you're in the water though its more shocking than painful.

The porta potty is a five minute walk from the campsite and it is about a 15-20 minute walk to the parking area. Be sure to bring trash bags with you as you will need to haul out all your rubbish including compost.

Essentials to bring: water, extra shade/sunscreen, insect repellant/screened structure, trash bags and biodegradable liquid dish soap.

Folks in Laytonville were friendly and there's even a chinese restaurant for nights when you feel like eating out! So glad there was a natural food store in town as well as a decent cafe creatively named Pour Girl.

Hipcamper Bre
Bre L.
recommends this listing.
July 5th, 2016

Cannonball Camp is the BEST site in Mendocino Magic, and reminded us of some of the amazing spots we've encountered backcountry. Since the photos in the listing were taken, Mackenzie has added a canopy sunshade over the picnic table, which was a savior during the mid-80 degree days during our stay. As mentioned in the site's description, it is a half mile trek from the cars, so even though we were able to lug a large cooler up the trail (we were there for 3 nights), I would recommend packing with more of a backpacking mentality. It's also pack it in/pack it out for trash and recycling, and the water station is back near the parking area (mile round trip), so be sure to show up with a decent amount of water so you're not hoofing it back and forth all the time. There were three gallons of water waiting for us in a shaded area at the site, which was awesome since we'd only brought a 1 gallon jug.

The reservoir is the main feature of the campsite + Mendocino Magic. There are provided kayaks, canoes, and paddle boats, and I would encourage campers to come with their own pool-style floaties, as we were so jealous of the ones we saw, we ended up making a trip to town to get our own.

All in all, an amazing stay. We felt like we were miles away from anyone at night when the water was calm and as smooth as glass, and we would compete to see who could spot Mars popping up in the night sky first.

Hipcamper Taylor
Taylor R.
recommends this listing.
July 14th, 2016

This place is the best! Your own private lakeside campsite. Other people use the lake during the day (fishing, boating, swimming, hiking), but you're the only one staying on the lake. There's a porta potty about 200 feet away, and a water spigot down the hill (about a steep 5 min. walk).

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